North Leawood woman’s romance novel a finalist in national competition

Jane O’Hanlon
It is getting straight up steamy around here, people — and it’s not just the 99 degree heat.

Former corporate attorney and north Leawood resident Jane O’Hanlon has penned a romance novel manuscript that has earned her a spot in the finals of the Romance Writers of America Golden Heart awards.

The manuscript, entitled “Objection Overruled” tells the story of Jackie North, a Baltimore litigator working on the biggest case of her career: trying to take down a fraudster who has ripped off seniors and taken their life savings.

The cover to “Objection Overruled.”
North has a lot riding on the case financially — but finds herself conflicted when she starts up a steamy love affair with one of the defendant’s witnesses.

The manuscript is O’Hanlon’s second book; she published her first, “3 Ingredient Cocktails,” on her own imprint, evenSo Press, under her pen name J.K. O’Hanlon.

Authors from across the country entered more than 600 manuscripts into six categories for this year’s Golden Heart awards. Just 45 of those entries made it to the finals.

O’Hanlon will find out whether “Objection Overruled” will take home the Golden Heart July 20 during an awards ceremony at the RWA’s annual conference.